Levy County millage rate stays same

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By Lou Elliott Jones, Editor

Levy County's property tax millage rate will remain at its current rate - 7.4212 mills - for the fiscal year starting Oct. 1

That's good news for property tax owners. But the bad news for Levy County is that employees won't get a raise and it will have to spend its entire emergency reserve fund, to balance a reduced budget at that tax rate.

The decision came at a sometimes contentious budget workshop Tuesday night where department heads and agencies detailed how they were making cuts to meet the Board of County Commissioners request. Some departments were asked to cut as much as 15 percent of their budget from this year.

The county budget for the fiscal year starting October 1 will be $56,765,490. That's down from about $70 million from this year's budget.

County Finance Supervisor Sheila Rees told the commissioners they had limited options in raising the millage rate under legislation passed after voters approved a property tax cut in January. She said they could keep the same rate, or they could raise it to 8.1754, or raise it to 9.3661 with a two-thirds vote of the board.

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